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This year, I have a resolution… figure out my skin and my hair. Over the December holiday, my family politely shared the fact with me that I might need to start considering eye cream. For my wrinkles. Wrinkles… It was quite the wake-up call. So, the very first thing I did when I arrived back in Stellenbosch was to book a dermaplane session – and it was awesome!

So why dermaplane?

I am quite lucky in that several members of my immediate family are somatologists, so I always have some great advice on hand. And over the last year or so their advice was the same; consider going for regular dermaplane treatments. Sceptic that I am, I embarked on a dermaplane research journey of note.

I know what you are thinking… what exactly is dermaplane and why should I care about yet another facial aesthetic fad? Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment that involves gently scraping the surface of your skin with a surgical scalpel. Say what?! So yes, I have actually found it to be one of the most effective dermatologist-backed solutions for dealing with dull skin.

So if this sounds a lot like just shaving your face, that is because it is more or less exactly what it is. But it also takes off way more than just your peach fuzz (which is amazing when applying foundation, btw).

Dermplaning helps you to get rid of those pesky dead cells that leave your face looking blah, so you can expect to see a smoother skin surface, brighter looking skin, even foundation application, and better absorption of your skincare products. The removal of the dead cells are especially beneficial for those with sun damage, fine lines, dry patches, and dull skin.

But don’t try this at home, kids! Dermaplaning needs to be administered by a professional and is not suited for those with sensitive or inflamed skin – running a scalpel over zits just screams disaster. If done incorrectly, dermaplane can lead to scarring, so be sure to choose your salon wisely. There is also no downtime with this procedure.

I know what your next question is; will dermaplane make my hair grow back thicker? And the answer is no. When your hair grows back it does feel different but that is because the hair was cut straight across. It is actually the same texture as it was before and it will continue to grow at the same speed.

How did my skin react?

So technicalities aside, how did my skin feel? Once you arrive for your appointment they cleanse your face thoroughly, then without moisturizing again (obvi), they run the scalpel across your face. I have to admit that it felt a bit weird – my skin felt quite dry and then the blade over it made my skin itch and burn slightly.

Other than that, the procedure was painless. As with all exfoliating treatments (and / or peels) you are warned to stay out of direct sunlight, but other than that, I simply went back to the office afterwards.

My skin felt (and still feels after a week) incredibly smooth. I can feel some of the fuzz growing back on my cheeks towards my ear but not hard at all. I did notice a bit of a breakout in the week following the treatment, but that can definitely be ascribed to the removal of the dead cells and clearing of the pores.

If you are looking to try dermaplane, we can definitely recommend Dorp Street Dental in Stellenbosch (yes, they have an entire high-end facial aesthetic department). They currently have a special that pairs the treatment with an Optiphi facial for only R680. Melisa Cronje is the Somatologist and she is great with follow-ups and making sure that any and all treatments target your individual concerns.


Free State-girl, living in Stellenbosch. Love to explore small towns, read in Afrikaans and everything pop-culture. My favourite yoga move is 'The Pigeon' and one day I'd like to own my own vintage cinema.

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